“Light Has Dawned”
Jesus, by his very presence in the world, brought light into the darkness, light that dispelled the shadow of death.
He still does.
God, this world still struggles with darkness and we who live in it still struggle with the shadow of death. Open our lives up to the light of Jesus that will, by your grace, dispel the darkness of anxiety, fear, and dread.
And grant that we who have experienced and received that light will reflect it just enough that others might catch enough of a glimpse of it through us that they will be able to turn toward it themselves.
“He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned’” (Matthew 4:13-16).